Holtgraver in victory lane Friday night – Lernerville Photo
Holtgraver Sweeps Action In Western Pennsylvania – Big News To Be Announced In Near Future!
By Tracy Fry
June 11, 2012 – Pittsburgh, PA) Danny Holtgraver nearly went undefeated in ‘410’ sprint car competition this past weekend in Western Pennsylvania; winning all but one event that the Kargo Quality Cars and Trucks ‘D4’ was entered in. By the time the team’s weekend schedule was complete, Holtgraver had won two ‘410’ main events, and captured one heat race victory. Holtgraver’s only defeat of the weekend came in his respective heat race at Mercer Raceway Park, where he finished 2nd from mid-pack.
The current All-Star Circuit of Champions full-time ‘Ohio Region’ competitor took advantage of an ‘off-week’ in his All-Star regional schedule, and raced close to home. Holtgraver and the entire ‘D4’ operation made a visit to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania on Friday evening, June 8th for a regular ‘Fab Four’ event; all before wrapping up the weekend in familiar territory by visiting Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania on Saturday night, June 9th. The former Lernerville Speedway track champion owns wins at both facilities, including one that came earlier this year at Lernerville Speedway.
The Lernerville Speedway visit on Friday proved to be not only dominate, but rewarding; as the Alternative Power Sources, Pittsburgh based operation came from the eighth place starting position to win not only their respective heat race, but also the 25 lap main event. Holtgraver took command of the main event just as the field was approaching the white flag lap; getting by current Lernerville Speedway point leader, Kevin Schaeffer, just before crossing the start/finish line. Schaeffer would hold on to finish second.
“We were fast!” explained Holtgraver, “The track (Lernerville Speedway) was kind of tricky but we found a way to pass some cars and then get by Schaeffer…we were able to find a solid line and that helped us get to the lead…was a really fun night!”
Holtgraver would continue his dominance Saturday evening at Mercer Raceway Park. The Fully Injected driver would start mid-pack in Saturday night’s 25 lap, ‘410’ sprint car main event and work his way to the front; earning the lead and staying there to claim his second feature win in as many days.
“I had to be patient.” said Holtgraver about Saturday night’s performance, “The leaders were racing themselves pretty hard and I stayed patient and allowed them to fade and come to me…the car was good…feels good to get two in a row in front of my family, friends, and supporters!”
With a hectic All-Star Circuit of Champions’ ‘Ohio Sprint Speedweek’ schedule taking-off in less than two weeks, the positive momentum shift for Holtgraver couldn’t have happened at a better time. Not only does two consecutive wins help the ‘D4’ team financially and mechanically, but also mentally; as Holtgraver and crew continue to prepare for the nine consecutive days of racing that ‘Ohio Sprint Speedweek’ has to offer. The momentum is clearly on Holtgraver’s side, and he will look use that momentum shift to hopefully earn his first All-Star Circuit of Champions victory in the ‘Buckeye State.’ The team will race close to home next weekend; competing once again at Lernerville Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park before Ohio Sprint Speedweek begins on Friday, June 22nd!
Other News: Danny Holtgraver is planning to announce some very exciting news regarding his racing situation in the coming weeks. No other details will be given, just stayed tuned at www.fullyinjected.com for more announcements!
Danny Holtgraver would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Kargo Sales and Storage, Alternative Power Source, DKW Transport, PPI, Spinneweber Auto Sales, Bastin Truck Parts, West View Motors, Bagleys Auto Service, Frankland Rearends, Dan Taylor Racing, VRP Shocks, Kistler Engines, J&J Chassis, Butlerbuilt Seats, Zerowraps, www.fullyinjected.com.